Mindfulness Meditation and the Reduction of Stress in Nursing Students
Bachelor of Science
Director of the Honors Program
Gigi Gokcek, PhD
Luanne Linnard-Palmer, EdD, RN
Alicia Bright, EdD, CNS, RN
Most college students feel overwhelmed trying to manage numerous obligations. They often prioritize academics at the expense of their physical and emotional well-being, resulting in consequences such as negative health outcomes (Ratanasiripong, Park, Ratanasiripong, & Kathalae, 2015). For nursing students, however, excessive stress may also affect their clinical performance, which negatively impacts their ability to deliver quality patient care (Song & Lindquist, 2015). Yet, previous research showed that mindfulness meditation resulted in lower stress, improved quality of life, and decreased physiological arousal (Chen et al., 2013; Song & Lindquist, 2015; Spadaro & Hunker, 2016; Burger & Lockhart, 2017; Guillaumie et al., 2017; McConville et al., 2017; Ratanasiripong et al., 2015; Shearer et al., 2016). Therefore, the purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation on reports of stress in clinical baccalaureate nursing students. A quantitative study with a quasi-experimental design was conducted using a sample of three clinical nursing students at Dominican University of California. Participants practiced mindfulness meditation for at least once a week for four weeks for approximately 15 to 30 minutes and filled out a pre- and post-test survey. Compared with the average pre- and post-test stress scores, participants experienced a slight decrease in stress, indicating that mindfulness meditation can be used as a potential stress management intervention. More research is needed to investigate clinical and statistical significance.
Gee, Jeanie, "Mindfulness Meditation and the Reduction of Stress in Nursing Students" (2018). Honors Theses. 33.